President Cyril Ramaphosa has asked finance minister Tito Mboweni to work on his idea for an economic advisory panel. The economy has been a key focus for Ramaphosa since he took office in February, with the president announcing a stimulus package in September in a bid to boost growth. Ramaphosa announced in his maiden state of the nation address that he would be appointing a presidential economic advisory panel, to ensure greater coherence and consistency in implementing economic policy; however, this has not yet happened. Mboweni, while making opening remarks at an economic colloquium held at the SA Reserve Bank in Pretoria, said Ramaphosa had asked him to start thinking about the council. Speaking later on the sidelines of the colloquium, which was attended by academics, economists and different industry professionals, as well as economic development minister Ebrahim Patel, trade and industry minister Rob Davies and Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago, Mboweni told journalists...

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